I love Toowoomba.We used to live in Brissie but work commuting and everyday costs got to me with driving into the city everyday.We used to live just outside and travelled from the southside into Toowoomba which is fairly easy.We had several small communities around our area where people seem to be flocking to build houses on a little bit extra land and the schools are small but very well stractured.
It is a lovely big regional city and now with 7 day trading, lots of shopping, parks, events etc.
The massive problem Toowoomba has right now is the main road into town from the East, up the range...its a killer with traffic in peak hour and pretty much always busy. If there an accident on the range, your stuck till it clears. Not much can be done until we get the second crossing and its not even on the agenda for the pollies.
My OH used to travel from TWB to Brissie weekly but always made sure he left extra early to miss the range peak times.A neighbour also used to travel to Gatton everyday and then had to travel 20 minutes south so its doable.If I had the right job I would consider travelling from Ipswich to TWB daily but it would have to be something special to do the range everyday but Gatton would be fine to travel, especially if your used to Brisbane traffic.
There is an element of undesirables around but I think comparable to most other big regional places it is still a lovely place. Cost of living I think depends on what suburb you are.It is definately cheaper such as land prices and renting just outside of town compared to some places in TWB, which is why we chose to live 20 minutes out.
There are some lovely suburbs in town but if your happy to travel 20 minutes theres northside with places such as Highfields which is a gorgeous drive back into town. Southside for the same distance is Cambooya, Whyreema, Greenmount, Clifton. Have a look at these places online.
There are good service of buses around in town but transport such as buses and trains to Brissie is laxed, one service has even just stopped going to Brissie and I found when one of our cars was out of service transport isn't that good from southside into TWB.
Library is large and great range, has one huge shopping centre and 2 large and several smaller suburban ones doted around. We used to either shop at Mt Gravatt or Carindale and Grand Central is a smaller version of them.
We have had to move further out west for the next 12 months and I miss Toowoomba like crazy.I miss the shops, the little cafes, my vintage shopping(it has great secondhand shops and shabby chic shopping) and being able to meet up for a coffee and chat with friends.
Edited by mks81, 17 March 2012 - 04:34 PM.